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OPENINGS, PLAYING AND CLOSING IN THEATRES FOR THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA

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New Conservatory Theatre Center presents SF premiere of Del Shores’  “Sordid Lives” Play that spawned the cult film phenomenon to be directed by Dennis Lickteig “, Sordid Lives” by Del Shores makes its San Francisco debut as New Conservatory Theatre Center presents the play that spawned the huge cult comedy phenomenon. Three generations of a dysfunctional small-town Texas family gather after their elderly matriarch dies during a tryst in a seedy motel room with her much younger, much married neighbor. Fireworks are set off and bizarre truths exposed as the town prepares for what could be an embarrassing funeral. Sordid Lives runs May 12 – June 11, 2017. Opening Night is Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 8pm. Tickets are $25–50 and available at nctcsf.org or by calling (415) 861-8972.After a hugely successful and award-winning long run in Los Angeles in 1996, Sordid Lives became a cult film classic in 2000, written and directed by Shores, and starring Leslie Jordan and Olivia Newton-John. Later, Shores followed the success of the film with a television series on Logo. Sordid Lives marks the third collaboration between Del Shores and NCTC, after lauded productions of his plays Southern Baptist Sissies and Yellow.  Low-cost Previews: Friday, May 12 – Friday, May 19.    Opening Night will take place Saturday, May 20 at 8pm.

 

The Marsh San Francisco brings Adam Strauss’ Off-Broadway hit The Mushroom Cure to San Francisco for its West Coast Premiere. Inspired by a scientific study showing that hallucinogenic mushrooms may cure obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), Strauss embarked on a program of vigilante psychopharmacology. A true tale of his hilarious, harrowing, and heartrending attempts to treat his debilitating OCD with psychedelics, The Mushroom Cure played to sold-out houses in its extended New York City run. WHEN:        to – June 3, 2017 Press Opening: May 10, 2017 SHOWS:        8:00pm Wednesdays and Fridays, 8:30pm Saturdays WHERE:       The Marsh San Francisco 1062 Valencia St, San Francisco TICKETS:     $20-$35 sliding scale, $55-$100 reserved INFO:For information or to order tickets call (415) 282-3055 or visit www.themarsh.org

 

 Pittsburg Community Theatre is set to present the Broadway musical “Hairspray” as its final show of the season – May 12-21 at the California Theatre. With direction by Keala Freitas and Tiana Paulding’s choreography; music direction by Josie Esposito & G.A. Klein with Karren Bascomb conducting the orchestra, this young energetic team doesn’t miss a beat with a highly talented diverse cast. Other cast members include:Lena Timrott (Prudy Pingleton), Pete Rapolas (Mr. Pinky/Mr. Spritzer), an ensemble of Council and Record Shop Kids and the explosive Dynamites!When: May 12 – 21 (Fri & Sat 8 pm, Sun @ 2 pm with special Swingin’ Sixties matinee on May 20 @ 2 pm)Where: California Theatre, 351 Railroad Ave., PittsburgContact: 925-427-1611 or www.PittsburgCaliforniaTheatre.com Tickets: $10-$25

 

Edward King written by Gary Graves May 13–Jun 11 (previews May 11 & 12 ) A new comedy, based on a very old story At: The Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley. Performances: Thurs., Fri.& Sat. 8 pm, Sun. 5 pm Ticket prices: $30 online at centralworks.org, $30–$15 sliding scale at the door. Previews and Thursdays are pay-what-you-can at the door.Tickets:  510.558.1381 or centralworks.org (more)50) 254-1148. Central Works 2017 Season The Spring World Premiere of a Central Works Method Comedy Edward King by Gary Graves May 13–Jun 11 Previews May 11th &12th Berkeley City Club 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley Central Works spring production, Edward King by Gary Graves, is a new comedy based on a very old story. The production opens with a press night May 13th (previews May 11th &12th), running through Jun 11 at the historic Berkeley City Club. A new comedy about finding your roots, in Edward King a hard working couple hilariously confronts the hapless enmity of fate. Central Works World Premiere #55, Edward King was developed as a Central Works Method Play and is directed by Gary Graves with a cast that features John Patrick Moore (member AEA), Michelle Talgarow and Jan Zvaifler. Visit us at http://centralworks.org/season/

 

JILL VICE: TIPPED AND TIPSY comes to Lucky Penny May 12-14 Three performances: 8pm Fri May 12/8pm Sat May 13/2pm Sun May 14, 2017The Best of San Francisco Solo Series, presented in Napa by Brian Copeland and Lucky Penny Productions, concludes May 12-14 with three performances of “Tipped and Tipsy” by Jill Vice. For “Tipped and Tipsy” you will be welcomed into HAPPY’S! Meet the bartender, Candy, three of her regulars, the lascivious bar owner and an assortment of other saloon denizens. Ponder the magic forces that keep a drunk on his bar stool! Honor acts of alcohol induced courage! Celebrate the traditions of the bar that transform a bunch of lonely drunks into a loving family! And mostly join Candy in her efforts to keep her favorite regular from drinking himself to death.With her remarkable physical performance skills, Jill brings to life 14 characters in this hilarious and touching send up of American Bar Culture.The show has been performed at the Chicago Fringe Festival 2012, the Rogue Festival 2013, and won BEST OF FRINGE at the 2013 San Francisco Fringe Festival. Tickets are $50 and on sale online at www.luckypennynapa.com or by phone at 707-266-6305. The box office opens one hour before each performance for in-person sales. For more information email info@luckypennynapa.com

 

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WHAT: 42nd Street Moon’s production of “No, No, Nanette” WHEN:, , 10 and 11 8 p.m. on May 5 and 12 6 p.m. on , May 6 and 133 p.m. on , May 7 and 14 1p.m. on May 6 WHERE: Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA 94111. RUNNING TIME: 2 hours, 5 minutes (including a 15-minute intermission). TICKETS: Online at www.42ndstmoon.org or by calling (415) 255-8207.THE TEAM: Principals: Abby Haug (Lucille Early), Mark Farrell (Billy Early), Samantha Rose (Nanette), Andrew Mondello (Tom Trainor), Michael Patrick Gaffney (Jimmy Smith), Lee Ann Payne (Sue Smith), Maureen McVerry (Pauline), Andrea St. Clair (Flora Latham), Samantha Pistoresi (Betty Brown), and Danielle Cheiken (Winnie Winslow).Ensemble: Juan Castro, Derrick Contreras, Jean-Paul JMusic by Vincent Youmans Lyrics by Irving Caesar and Otto Harbach Book by Otto Harbach and Frank Mandel Adapted by Burt Shevelove Director: Cindy Goldfield Music Director: Dave Dobrusky Choreographer: Nicole Helfer Costume Designer: Shelby Pujol Set/Light Designer: Kevin LandesmanProps  CLOSES MAY 14TH

 

Cutting Ball Theater presents Jean Racine’s PHÈDRE in a new translation by Rob Melrose, directed by Ariel Craft and featuring Courtney Walsh in the title role. Translator: Rob Melrose Director: Ariel Craft Cast: Ed Berkeley, Kenneth Heaton, Karen Offereins, Brennan Pickman-Thoon, Emily Radosevich, Neiry Rojo, Cecily Bednar Schmidt, Courtney Walsh Creative Team: Nina Ball (scenic design), Brian Hickey (sound design), Brooke Jennings (costumes), Nick Kumamoto (lighting design), Liz Stanely (props) WHEN: to – May 21, 2017  @ 8pm Opening Night: Saturday, April 22 @ 8 p.m. Press Opening Night: Monday, April 24 @ 7 p.m.Following dates:  April 29 – 30; May 4 – 7, 11 – 14, 18 – 21 Thursdays @ 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays @ 8 p.m. Sundays @ 5 p.m. WHERE: The EXIT on Taylor 277 Taylor St. San Francisco, CA 94102 TICKETS: $15 – $45Tickets may be purchased online at cuttingball.com/productions/phedre or by phone at 415-525-1205.FOR MORE INFORMATION: cuttingball.com  IT WAS CLOSE ON MAY 21

 

Aurora Theatre Company presents U.S. premiere of TEMPLE In October 2011, Occupy London set up camp outside one of London’s most beloved institutions, St Paul’s Cathedral. Soon, the building that had famously survived floods, terrorist threats, and the Blitz closed its doors, and the City of London took legal action against Occupy to remove protesters — by force if necessary. Steve Waters’ new play is a fictional account of the behind-the-scenes machinations by the church and city leadership, dramatizing the turmoil faced by principled, thoughtful people who must decide which of their ideals they’ll betray. Temple was a recent hit at London’s Donmar Warehouse. VENUE  2081 Addison Street, Berkeley. TICKETS 510-843-4822 or on line www.auroratheatre.org  IT RUNS THROUGH May 14.

 

The Lamplighters present the original musical A Song to Sing, O!: The Gilbert & Sullivan Story – The Bay Area’s acclaimed Lamplighters Music Theatre closes it’s 64th Season with the Company’s award-winning original musical A Song to Sing, O!: The Gilbert & Sullivan Story. Featuring a salon orchestra and the phenomenal voices of the Lamplighters, this is the fascinating story of one of the greatest partnerships in theater history, as told in their own words through their letters and diaries, with musical highlights from all 13 of their comic operas. Conceived, written and directed by Artistic Director Emeritus, Barbara Heroux, this Lamplighters original will feature a salon orchestra conducted by Baker Peeples, and a cast of familiar and well-loved Lamplighter performers. Longtime fans will learn something new, and it’s a great introduction to the world of Gilbert & Sullivan. Full details are posted at http://lamplighters.org/season/season.html. For further information call 415-227-4797 or email info@lamplighters.org. SAN FRANCISCO WHERE: 
ATHERTON WHERE:      Menlo-Atherton Center for the Performing Arts, 555 Middlefield Road WHEN:        Sunday, May 14 at 3PM
 Stage Director: Barbara HerouxMusic Director/Conductor: Baker Peeples  CLOSES IN MENLO PARK ON MAY 14TH

 

Shelton Theater presents Arthur Millers timeless masterpiece set in the 1950s on the gritty Brooklyn waterfront, ‘A View from the Bridge’, (based on a true story), follows the cataclysmic downfall of Eddie Carbone, who spends his days as a hardworking longshoreman and his nights at home with his wife, Beatrice, and orphan niece, Catherine. But the routine of his life is interrupted when Beatrice’s cousins, illegal immigrants from Italy, arrive in New York. As one of them embarks on a romance with Catherine, Eddie’s envy and delusion plays out with devastating consequences. Directed by Will Marchetti. Shows:           Runs thru through 5/20 Thursday – Saturday 7pm Where:             Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter St, between Powell and Mason, San Francisco  Tickets: For tickets ($26-$50) or more information, the public may contact the Shelton Theater   Box office at 415-882-9100, or www.sheltontheater.org.   IT RUNS THRU MAY 20

 

.Hilarity Ensues Onstage and Behind the Scenes in NOISES OFF By Michael FraynDirected by Susi Damilano Called the “funniest play written in my lifetime” by former New York Times critic Frank Rich, Noises Off is a dexterously-realized comedy about putting on a comedy. A rollicking backstage farce about a second-rate theatrical troupe, the play combines slapstick, a British sex comedy, and non-stop hilarity from a manic menagerie of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called “Nothing On”. Doors slamming, on- and off-stage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this uproarious and classically-comic play. SHOWS: through May 13, 2017 Tues, Wed, Thurs 7pm / Fri, Sat 8pm / Sat 3pm, Sun 2pm Preview Performances: March 21, 22, 23, 24 at 8pm No matinees 3/25 or 3/26. WHERE: 450 Post Street, San Francisco, 2nd Floor of the Kensington Park Hotel. TICKETS: For tickets ($20-$125) or more information, the public may contact the San Francisco Playhouse box office at 415-677-9596, or https://sfplayhouse.org/sfph/2016-2017-season/noises-off/   IT RUNS THRU MAY 23RD

<i>HAMILTON THE MUSICAL</i> at the  Orpheum Theatre, Market Street, San Francisco for a 6 run .  Enough said.  IT RUNS THRU AUGUST

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WHAT “Guards at the Taj” By Rajiv Joseph Directed by Jasson Minadakis WHEN  It runs thru- May 21, 2017 PERFORMANCES OPENING NIGHT:  Evenings Tue – Sun 7:30pm Matinees Sun (Preview) April 30, 4:00pm Thu (Perspectives) May 11, 2:00pm Sat May 6 & 20, 2:00pmSun May 7, 14 & 21, 2:00pm WHEREMarin Theatre Company | 397 Miller Ave | Mill Valley, CA 94941 ABOUTAt morning’s first light, a new edifice representing the soaring power of the empire will be unveiled: the glorious Taj Mahal. But for the two hapless guards assigned to protect the palace, morning will set the wheels in motion for a ghoulishly funny existential crisis that will shake their faith in God, the empire and each other. Guards at the Taj is a dark comedy about two average men swept up by the beauty, carnage and injustice surrounding one of the most famous wonders of the world. TICKETS $22 – $60 Discounts for seniors, teens, military families, Bay Area teachers and groups of 7 or more are available. Contact the Box Office for more details. marintheatre.org | (415) 388-5208 | boxoffice@marintheatre.org  IT RUNS THRU MAY 21

 

Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead will run Thursdays through Saturdays (with some Wednesdays and Sundays) at the Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA, Closes    May 20, 2017. All shows at 8pm (                except Sundays at 6pm Full information can  be found at:   Brown Paper Tickets: http://lctcdog.brownpapertickets.com/ LCTC Website: www.LCTC           SF.org  LCTC Twitter: https://twitter.com/LCTCSF LCTC Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/LeftCoastTheatreCompany For tickets:lctcdog.brownpapertickets.com  CLOSES MAY 20TH

 

 

 

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Pear Theatre continues its season with its annual showcase of original short plays by members of the Pear Playwrights Guild. From Anasazi to Aboriginals, private detectives to proposals, this year’s crop of plays promises to engage, delight, and inspire. All eight plays will be performed in the same evening, with a cast of seven actors performing all the roles. WHENCloses: Sunday, May 28, 2017 Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays: 8:00 PM; Sundays: 2:00 PM WHERE: Pear Theatre, 1110 La Avenida St., Mountain View – $35; savings available for seniors & students. For information or tickets, visit www.thepear.org CLOSES MAY 28

 

 

THE EVENTS   After a horrific event, we always ask “why?” In the aftermath of a tragedy, one survivor searches herself and the world for unfathomable rationales. If we are able to understand, can we move forward and even prevent future tragedies? With a delicate balance of humor, pathos and the power of a live choir, The Events explores the strength of our humanity when confronted by cruelty.  Features a different choir every night! WHEN: Wednesday – it runs thru – June 4, 2017.WHERE: The Ashby Stage, 1901 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley TICKET PRICES: Pay What You Can Previews. Regular tickets $25 – $40. Advance reservations strongly advised – shows will sell out!  IT RUNS THRU JUNE 4

 

Spreckels Theatre Company presents North Bay Premiere of “Disneys Musical Tarzan”  Music and Lyrics by Phil Collins / Book by David Henry Hwang Adapted from “Tarzan of the Apes,” by Edgar Rice Burroughs Co-directed by Gene Abravaya and David L. Yen The award-winning Spreckels Theatre Company presents a main stage production of “Disneys Musical Tarzan.”  The legendary story by Edgar Rice Burroughs comes to life in this exciting, memorable theater experience for all ages with music, choreography and high-flying aerial acrobatics.Washed up on the shores of West Africa, an infant boy is taken in and raised by gorillas who name him Tarzan. Apart from striving for acceptance from his ape father, Tarzan’s life is changed when he encounters creatures like himself when a human expedition treks into his tribe’s territory. Tarzan struggles to understand his emotions when his animal upbringing clashing with his human instincts. WHEN: to May 21, 2017 This family show is presented at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 1 p.m. matinees.      7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 1 p.m. Sundays; 1 p.m. Saturdays, May 13 and May 20; and 7 p.m. Thursday, May 18 WHERE:  Spreckels Performing Arts CenterMain Stage / Codding Theatre, 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park, Calif. TICKETS:  $16 to $30$16 children 12 and under; $22 students; $28 seniors/youth; $30 general.Student Rush: Spreckels welcomes SSU and SRJC students to take advantage of its student rush price.Present student ID at the Spreckels box office 10 minutes before curtain for special admission of $16. Reservations recommended. PHONE:   707-588-3400For tickets, call the Spreckels Box Office at 707-588-3400.Box Office hours are 12 to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and one hour before showtime. WEBSITE:  www.spreckelsonline.com  IT RUNS THRU MAY 21

 

CABARET   As the 1920’s are drawing to a close in the Kit Kat Klub nightclub, the Master of Ceremonies assures the audience that they will be able to leave their troubles outside.  But as ife in pre-WWII Germany grows more and more uncertain, will the infamous Sally Bowles and the decadent allure of Berlin nightlife be enough to get them through these dangerous times? WIth music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb,      DATES:  It runs thru   May -28, 2017 SHOWS:       Friday – Saturday at 8 PM and Sunday at 2 PM WHERE:   Pacifica Spindrift Players, 1050 Crespi Drive, Pacifica. TICKETS:      $25-30 For more information, the public may contact the Pacifica Spindrift Players box office at (650) 359-8002 or by visiting                 www.pacificaspindriftplayers.org IT RUNS THRU MAY 28TH

 

Smuin concludes its 23rd season with Dance Series 02, featuring a world premiere by internationally acclaimed choreographer Trey McIntyre entitled Be Here Now. Hailed by The New York Times as “one of the most important choreographers working today,” McIntyre returns to Smuin to pay tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love in an energetic exploration of dance and the creative process. The program also includes an exciting new addition by Smuin dancer Nicole Haskins. Rounding out the bill is Choreographer-in-Residence Amy Seiwert’s critically lauded Broken Open. SHOWS: MOUNTAIN VIEW: May 5-7, 2017 8:00 pm Friday 2:00 pm & 8:00 pm Saturday 2:00 pm Sunday Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts 500 Castro Street (at Mercy), Mountain View (650) 903-6000 or www.smuinballet.org Tickets ($56-$72)* WALNUT CREEK: May 12-13, 2017 8:00 pm Friday 2:00 pm Saturday Lesher Center for the Arts 1601 Civic Drive (at Locust), Walnut Creek (925) 943-7469 or www.smuinballet.org Tickets ($57-$73)* SAN FRANCISCO: May 19-28, 2017 8:00 pm Thursday 8:00 pm Fridays 2:00 pm & 8:00 pm Saturdays 2:00 pm Sundays Yerba Buena Center for the ArtsYBCA Theater 700 Howard Street (at Third) (415) 912-1899 or www.smuinballet.org Tickets ($32-$75)* CARMEL: June 2-3, 2017 8:00 pm Friday 2:00 pm Saturday Sunset Center San Carlos Street (between 8th and 10th), Carmel (831) 620-2048 or www.smuinballet.org Tickets ($57-$73)* *All prices are listed without fees – box office and order fees may apply. **No additional fees in San Francisco Discounts are available for students and groups of 10 or more.

 

HILLBARN THEATRE CLOSES OUT ITS 2016-17 SEASON WITH THE PENINSULA PREMIERE OFTHE FIVE-TIME TONY AWARD-NOMINATED MUSICAL SMASH, SISTER ACT ▪ MAY –28, 2017 ▪ – Hillbarn Theatre, the Peninsula’s premier theatre company, closes out its 2016–17 season with the Peninsula premiere of the five-time Tony Award-nominated musical smash, Sister Act. Based on the hit 1992 film of the same name, this feel-good musical comedy centers around wannabe diva Deloris Van Cartier who, after witnessing a crime, is put into witness protection in the least likely of places—a convent. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community but, in doing so, blows her cover. Featuring original music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors) and lyrics by Glenn Slater (The Little Mermaid, School of Rock, Love Never Dies), this uplifting musical is filled with powerful gospel music, outrageous dancing and a truly moving story about the universal power of friendship. Sister Act will run May 4 – 28, 2017 at Hillbarn Theatre (1285 East Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City). Performances are Thursdays—Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.  Press night for Sister Act will be Friday, May 5, 2017. Single tickets range in price from $28–$48 and are available now by calling 650.349.6411 ext. 2 or visiting www.hillbarntheatre.org.   Led by Dawn Troupe*, as Deloris Van Cartier, Sister Act features an ensemble cast including (in alphabetical order) Rachelle Abbey, Kyle Arrouzet, Darlene Batchelder, Olivia Chavez, Melissa Costa, Nick Dale, Nicholas Garland, Lindsay Kelliher, Minie Pullon, Jessica Maxey, Susan Melanson, Sara Murphy, Sam Nachison, Alexandra Nemchik, Ray Ross, Mary Scotts, Arielle Rothman, Robert Sholty, Gary Stanford, Jr., Jay Thulien, Katie Tupper, Beth Anne Wells and Sheraj Ragoobeer. *Member of Actors’ Equity AssociationDirected by Bill Star, the creative team for Sister Act includes Amanda Roccuzzo (Stage Manager), Rick Reynolds (Music Director), Jim Ambler (Choreographer), Fred Eiras (Master Builder), Aya Matsutomo (Master Electrician), Val Emmi (Costume Designer), Dee Morrissey (Hair & Make-Up), Will Springhorn (Lighting Designer), Rosie Issel (Prop Designer), Alan Chang (Sound Designer) and Dutch Fritz (Scenic Designer). IT RUNS THRU MAY 28TH

 

PianoFight productions presents the world premiere of Stuart Bousel’s TWINS, a darkly comic docudrama sourced from Greek mythology but more relevant than ever in a world where violence often targets youth. TWINS opens May 4th and plays Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30pm through June 10th, at PianoFight, 144 Taylor Street in San Francisco. Tickets are Through a series of interviews and flashbacks we get the story of the birth and life of Artemis and Apollo, beautiful young gods who begin their existence as promising forces for light and evolve into terrifying powers of devestation, ultimately killing all the children of the mortal queen, Niobe, after she insults their mother, the goddess Leto. Ostrasized from an early age by the other gods, unable to form lasting connections with others, the sibilings see themselves as against the world, but in their alienation form a deep and lasting bond with one another that could prove to be their redemption- or our destruction.Directed by the author, the show features Kyle Goldman and Kathleen McHatton in the title roles, with supporting work by Andrew Chung, Laura Domingo, Kyle McReddie, Tonya Narvaez, Kim Saunders and Ron Talbot. The design team include William Campbell on lights, Ryan Lee Short on sound, Cody Rishell on artwork, and Lindsey Eifert on costumes. It  plays  Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 PM till June 10th, at PianoFight in San Francisco.   IT RUNS THRU JUNE 10TH

The Marsh San Francisco announces the return of Ann Randolph’s hit production Inappropriate in All the Right Ways. This wickedly funny show chronicles her wild ride from the Buckeye state to working and living in mental institutions and homeless shelters, teaming up with Mel Brooks for an Off-Broadway run of her solo show, discovering the beauty of the present, and the desire to no longer chase the next best thing. WHEN:         It runs thru – June 18, 2017 SHOWS:        2:00pm Sundays  WHERE:       The Marsh San Francisco  1062 Valencia St, San Francisco TICKETS:     $20-$35 sliding scale, $55-$100 reserved INFO:     For information or to order tickets call (415) 282-3055 or visit www.themarsh.org  IT RUNS THRU JUNE 18TH

 

The Marsh San Francisco announces the return of Ann Randolph’s critically acclaimed Loveland. Randolph brings humanity to the role of Frannie Potts, an irreverent oddball trapped on a plane as she travels from California to Ohio to attend a family member’s funeral. Accompanied by a cast of hilarious characters – all portrayed by Randolph – audiences witness the tragedy, beauty, and humor that unites everyone in grief. WHEN:         it runs thru– June 17, 2017 The Marsh San Francisco Studio Theater – April 22-May 13 The Marsh Mainstage – May 20-June 17 SHOWS:        5:00pm Saturdays WHERE:       The Marsh San Francisco  1062 Valencia St, San Francisco TICKETS:     $20-$35 sliding scale, $55-$100 reservedINFO:             For information or to order tickets call (415) 282-3055 or visit www.themarsh.orgIT RUNS THRU JUNE 17

 

The Marsh announces, due to popular demand, the 2016 Theatre Bay Area (TBA) Award winner for “Outstanding Presentation of a Solo Production,” East 14th by comedian Don Reed will transfer to The Marsh Berkeley with performances It run thru  June 4. Reed’s acclaimed autobiographical hit East 14th invites audiences to 1970s Oakland when Reed tried to resist the evangelical recruiting by his Jehovah’s Witness stepfather. All Reed wanted was to be just like dear old Dad, not knowing Dad was a pimp. East 14th is the first installment in Reed’s hilarious coming-of-age trilogy and includes elements of the unforgettable story “I Miss Toni” that was featured on National Public Radio podcast Snap Judgment. WHEN:          It runs thru – June 4, 2017 SHOWS:        5:00pm Saturdays, 5:30pm Sundays WHERE:       The Marsh Berkeley 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley  Parking: Allston Way Garage, 2061 Allston Way between Milvia & Shattuck The Downtown Berkeley Bart station is one block away on Shattuck TICKETS:     $20-$35 sliding scale; $55-$100 Reserved Seating    For tickets, visit www.themarsh.org or call 415-282-3055 IT RUNS THRU JUNE 4TH

 

The Moonrisers PresentThe World Premier of an Original Swashbuckling Comedy “The Inn at Derbyshire” Join us for an evening of          mystery  intrigue  romance   and murder   at  The Phoenix Theater in San Francisco! April 21-22, 28-29, May 5-6 7pm Phoenix Theater 414 Mason St.San Francisco, CA 94102 Tickets $15-20 Available athttp://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2905743The link can be found on The Moonrisers’ facebook page and atwww.themoonrisers.wordpress.com   IT RUN THRU JUNE 7TH

 

The Marsh announces award-winning performer Brian Copeland is continuing his second year of free performances of his acclaimed solo piece, The Waiting Period, an unflinching examination of depression. These performances are particularly directed at those struggling with depression who would be otherwise unable to attend due to the cost of admission. Featuring humorous, poignant, and riveting insights, The Waiting Period is written by Brian Copeland and directed by David Ford. WHEN:         – May 21, 2017 5:30pm Sundays WHERE:       The Marsh San Francisco Main Stage  1062 Valencia Street (between 21st & 22nd Streets)Parking is available at New Mission Bartlett Garage (21st St between Mission & Valencia.) Bart Station (closest): Mission & 24th Street TICKETS:     General admission is free, although reservations are recommended. For patrons interested opportunities to support The Marsh’s ongoing endeavor make this groundbreaking piece accessible to all, a limited number of reserved seats are available for $55 and $100.INFO:             For information or to order tickets call (415) 282-3055 or visit www.themarsh.org    IT CLOSES MAY 21

 

The Marsh announces that due to popular demand, the acclaimed solo show by National Public Radio host Al Letson, Summer in Sanctuary will transfer to The Marsh Berkeley. Summer in Sanctuary, named a Theatre Bay Area recommended production, chronicles Letson’s summer working as a creative writing teacher at the Sanctuary on 8th Street, a community center in an economically challenged neighborhood in Jacksonville, Florida. Letson – who presently hosts Reveal, one of the top 10 podcasts in the country (heard locally on KQED FM) – challenges perceptions about race and class as he struggles to connect with the disadvantaged children in his care. With Letson’s natural gift for storytelling, Summer in Sanctuary opens the dialogue on America’s dropout epidemic, while sharing the intimate story of his attempt to make a difference in the lives of a group of high-risk kids. WHEN:        It runs thru– May 29, 2017 SHOWS:        8pm Fridays, 8:30pm Saturdays WHERE:       The Marsh Berkeley 2120 Allston Way, Berkele  Parking: Allston Way Garage, 2061 Allston Way between Milvia & Shattuck  The Downtown Berkeley Bart station is one block away on Shattuck TICKETS:     $20-$35 sliding scale; $55-$100 Reserved Seating    For tickets, visit www.themarsh.org or call 415-282-3055  IT RUNS THROUGH MAY 29

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Aurora Theatre Company presents the U.S. Premiere of British playwright Steve Waters’ (World Music, The Contingency Plan) hit play, TEMPLE. On October 15, 2011, Occupy London made camp outside St Paul’s Cathedral, one of the most famous, beloved, and recognizable institutions in London. On October 21, a building that was kept open through floods, the Blitz, and terrorist threats closed its doors. A week later the City of London initiated legal action against Occupy protestors to begin removing them, by force if necessary. Beset by problems on all sides, the dean of St Paul’s is simply anxious to resume worship, but the big issue is whether he should support the City in its plan to evict those who’ve set up their tents. Set in the heart of a crisis of conscience, a crisis of authority, and a crisis of faith, TEMPLE powerfully demonstrates how even the most liberal and enlightened can fail. Declared by the London Financial Times to be “a rich, deeply thoughtful piece about contemporary values. Waters draws from recent history a history play in which flesh-and-blood individuals, caught at a pivotal moment, struggle with fundamental questions about what matters,” and about which The Telegraph (UK) said, “Call it divine inspiration – but some rare creative power has settled on the playwright Steve Waters…[he has] gone behind the head-lines, and closed ecclesiastical doors, to produce a riveting drama that unpicks the institutional and psychological turmoil the saga caused,” TEMPLE premiered at the Donmar Warehouse in 2015. Aurora Artistic Director Tom Ross (Mud Blue Sky, A Bright New Boise, Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance) helms this thought-provoking new play, featuring, Paul Whitworth, Sylvia Burboeck, J. Michael Flynn, Sharon Lockwood, Leontyne Mbele-Mbong, and Mike Ryan. DATES:   Closes: May 14 SHOWS:         Tuesday at 7pm; Wednesday through Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 2pm, 7pm WHERE:         Aurora Theatre Company, 2081 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA TICKETS:       For tickets (Previews $36; Regular Performances $32-56; Limited Opening Night Seating $65) the public can call (510) 843-4822 or visit auroratheatre.org. Half-off tickets for Under 35; student, and group discounts available. IT CLOSES MAY 14TH  CLOSES MAY 14TH

 

Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre presents Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Ricemusical EVITA at the Firehouse Arts Center Music  by Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics by Tim Rice Pleasanton, CA March 20, 2017 Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre  is proud to present the  Tony Award  winning musical EVITA   The show will run  through  May 14 Fridays 5/5 & 5/12 at 8pm; Saturdays, 4/29 &  5/6 & 5/13 at  8pm Saturday matinee 5/13 at 2 pm and  Sunday  matinees  4/30, 5/7, &  5/14 at  2pm. All performances will take  place  at  Firehouse  Arts  Center  located  at 4444  Railroad  Avenue  located  in Pleasanton,  CA  Tickets  are  $ 19 $40 each,  and  are  available  at  the Firehouse  Arts  Center  Box  Office,  by  phone  at  925) 931 4848,  or online  at  www.pcrtproductions.orgor www.firehousearts.org   IT CLOSES MAY 14TH

 

Palo Alto Players presents Monty Python’s SPAMALOT Book & Lyrics by Eric Idle Music by John Du Prez & Eric Idle A new musical lovingly ripped off from the motion picture “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”From the original screenplay by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin Direction & Choreography by Andrew Ceglio Tap Choreography by Stephanie BayerMusic Direction by Katie Coleman Monty Python’s SPAMALOT, the musical comedy sensation lovingly ripped off from the film classic Monty Python and The Holy Grail, arrives this spring to spread laughter and cheer throughout the kingdom. As gleefully silly yet wickedly smart as Monty Python, the beloved British comedy troupe that inspired it, SPAMALOT tells the tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they embark on their quest for the Holy Grail. You’ll enjoy some mostly handsome Knights, a bevy of beautiful showgirls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French people, before the familiar sound of clomping coconut shells brings down the curtain on the season’s goofiest, if satirically dead-on, comic delight. Winner of the 2005 Tony Award for Best Musical! Performance Dates: It runs thru- May 14, 2017)Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pmAge recommendation: Ages 11 and up.Ticket Prices: $25-$55**Discounts for Seniors, Educators, Under 30, and Military available at all performances except Preview. Approximate running time: 2 hours and 30 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission. All performances are held at the: Lucie Stern Theater 1305 Middlefield Road Palo Alto, CA 94301 Purchase single tickets online now at paplayers.org or by calling 650-329-0891!

 

Black Bart Playhouse   580 S. Algiers Street   Murphys,  California presents David Mamet’s “SPEED THE PLOW” Start:   End:  May 14 @ 2:00 pm  Cost:   $10 – $22 Website:  https://thelittleboxoffice.com/murphyscreektheatre/event/view/54986 Phone:  Call for tickets 209-728-8422  Website:   http://www.murphyscreektheatre.org/   Fast-talking, quit-witted satire of Hollywood written by Mamet- whose work is a genre of itself. In this hilarious dramatic-comedy, the play spotlights the American movie business: Charlie Fox and his friend Bobby Gould have a new script that they both see as their ticket to the Big Time. As they prepare their pitch to the studio boss, Bobby wagers Charlie that he can seduce the temp/secretary, Karen. As a ruse, Charlie gives her a novel by “some Eastern sissy” writer that needs a courtesy read before being dismissed out of hand. Karen slyly determines the novel, not the movie-star script, should be the company’s next film. She seduces Bobby, who is so smitten with Karen and her ideals that he pleads with Charlie to drop the star project and pitch the “Eastern sissy” writer’s book. (Content: Strong Language)The first-ever “Community Choice” performance debuts on April 28 and plays until May 14, directed by Traci Sky Sprague. Audience and community members were polled  in Fall 2016 as to which of four performances they’d prefer seeing on-stage.  IT RUNS THRU MAY 14

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“The House of Yes”. Wendy MacLeod’s acidic satire about class, sex, innocence, and mental illness becomes a delightfully disturbing theatrical experience.  Directed by Stuart Bousel. Custom Made Theatre, 533 Sutter Street, San Francisco.  8:00 pm. . Runs through April 29. Thurs-Sat 8:00 pm; Saturday matinees April 8 & 22 – 2:00pm; Wed. April 12 & 26 -7:30 pm.   See custommade.org/single-tickets for details. Tickets $20-$42. (415) 798-2682, www.custommade.org  IT RUNS THRU MAY 6THH

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Due to popular pre-sale demand, Aurora Theatre Company announces that it will add an additional two weeks of performances for the Bay Area Premiere of Sarah Greenman’s wildly creative biographical play, “LENI”. Jon Tracy (The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, Breakfast With Mugabe) directs this multi-media play, called “a thought-provoking tour through the world of Nazi propagandist Leni Riefenstahl” by Seattle Weekly. Featuring Stacy Ross (Gidion’s Knot, Wilder Times) and Martha Brigham (The How and The Why). DATES:         Closes: May 7, 8pm; Saturday, April 29, 8pm; Sunday, April 30, 2pm, 7pm; Tuesday, May 2, 7pm; Wednesday, May 3, 8pm; Thursday, May 4, 8pm; Friday, May 5, 8pm; Saturday, May 6, 8pm; Sunday, May 7, 2pm, 7pm )  SHOWS:         Tuesday at 7pm; Wednesday through Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 2pm and 7pm WHERE:         Harry’s UpStage located in the Nell and Jules Dashow Wing Aurora Theatre Company, 2081 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA TICKETS:        For tickets (Previews $36; Regular Performances $45, 55; Limited Opening Night Seating $65 – sold out) the public can call (510) 843-4822 or visit auroratheatre.org. Half-off tickets for Under 35; student, and group discounts available.   IT CLOSES MAY 7TH

 

THE ENCOUNTER through Sunday, May 7th SFCURRAN.com/shows/the-encounter/ In Simon McBurney’s riveting one-man play, THE ENCOUNTER, audience members must wear headphones to take part in the journey. THE ENCOUNTER tells the true story of National Geographic photojournalist Loren McIntyre lost in a remote area of Brazil in 1969, which leads to a startling encounter that changes many lives. Written, directed and performed by Simon McBurney, this solo performances traces McIntyre’s journey into the depths of the Amazon rainforest, using binaural technology (3D audio) to build an intimate and shifting world of sound. As McIntyre’s mesmerizing tale reaches its climax, this extraordinary performance asks some of the most urgent questions of today: about how we live and what we believe to be true.THE ENCOUNTER at the Curran marks the San Francisco debut of the celebrated international theater company, Complicite, as well as the final performances for the United States.

 

6th Street Playhouse to present Lillian Hellman’s play, “The Children’s Hour directed by Lennie Dean.  The Children’s Hour                 is one of the great successes of the American dramatic canon. After a malicious youngster starts a rumor about two women who run a school for girls, the rumor soon turns to scandal.As the young girl comes to comprehend the power her lies wield, she sticks by her story, which precipitates potential tragedy for the women. The gossip is pure invention, but is it devoid of truth? Hasirreparable damage been done? Don’t miss this American Classic in a rare revival at the Playhouse! has scheduled post-show talkbacks with the director, cast and staff. The three talkbacks will occur immediately following the performances on these  Saturday, May 6th  at 8 pm. The Playhouse has also planned a special event on April 29                th following the 2 pm performance, which will include a panel of an LGBT advocate, a therapist who specializes in adolescents, a teacher and a student. The panelists will share their responses to the production and speak to issues raised in the play, followed by a discussion with the audience.  The Children’s Hour        opens in the G.K. Hardt Theatre at 6 th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa  runs through May 7th Tickets are available on 6th  Street Playhouse’s website or by calling the box  office at (707) 523-4185   IT RUNS THRU MAY 7TH

 

Lucas Sherman Productions & Spreckels Theatre Company presents “Songs for a New World”Songs for a New World is an unforgettable exploration into musical theatre.WHO: Lucas Sherman Productions & Spreckels Theatre Company presentsWHAT: Songs for a New World Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert BrownThis contemporary song cycle weaves characters and history together, illuminating the timelessness of self-discovery. It’s about one moment. It’s about hitting the wall and having to make a choice… or take a stand… or turn around and go back. These are the stories and characters of today. Songs for a New World is the first musical from Tony Award winner, Jason Robert Brown (The Last Five Years, Parade, Bridges of Madison County), this moving collection of powerful songs examines life, love and the choices that we make. Brown transports his audience from the deck of a 1492 Spanish sailing ship to a ledge, 57 stories above Fifth Avenue, to meet a startling array of characters that range from a young man who has determined that basketball is his ticket out of the ghetto to a woman whose dream of marrying rich nabs her the man of her dreams… and a soulless marriage.Throughout is the theme of looking forward, freedom, and living life to the fullest. Love and heartbreak may lie along the way, but it is how we deal with those challenges in pursuit of our dreams that defines us. Powered by some of the most accomplished and versatile singers in the North Bay, and a rock trio band, Songs for a New World is an unforgettable exploration into musical theatre. Modern, gospel, swing, funk, and rock styles are beautifully performed with tight 4-part harmony throughout the show. Featuring Daniela Innocenti Beem, Robert Finney, Kat Ray, and Lucas Sherman.Directed by Lucas Sherman WHEN: It run to May 7, 20178 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays; and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 4 Reservations recommended. WHERE: Spreckels Performing Arts Center Bette Condiotti Theater 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park, CA 94928 TICKETS: $16 to $26$16 children 12 and under; $22 students; $24 seniors/youth; $26 general. Student Rush: Spreckels welcomes SSU and SRJC students to take advantage of its student rush price. Present student ID at the Spreckels box office 10 minutes before curtain for special admission of $12. Reservations recommended. TICKETS ONLINE: http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?organ_val=36249&schedule=list<http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?organ_val=36249&schedule=list> PHONE: 707-588-3400For tickets, call the Spreckels Box Office at 707-588-3400. Box Office hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 12 to 5 p.m. and one hour before showtime. WEBSITE: www.spreckelsonline.com<http://www.spreckelsonline.com/> IT RUNS THRU MAY 7TH

 

Bay Area Children’s Theatre (BACT) opens its world premiere production of Fly Guy, the Musical, Saturday, April 8, at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA 94703, where it will play weekends at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. through Sunday, May 7. The production then moves to San Ramon and San Francisco (see dates, venues, below). Inspired by the popular Fly Guy books by author and illustrator Tedd Arnold, this rollicking new musical will have families cheering for Fly Guy and his pal, Fly Girl, and delighting in their antics, as their caring friendships help them overcome all the challenges they face. TICKETS:  $25 adults, $23 seniors, $20 children, $15 groups (minimum 15) BOX OFFICE:   www.bactheatre.org  or call (510) 296-4433 The Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse is easily accessible by BART, a BACT Community Partner.  IT RUNS THRU MAY 7

 

“Maple and Vine” considers the pros and cons of a return to the “good old days” Jordan Harrison’s “Maple and Vine” asks some basic questions of us: Despite the conveniences we enjoy, are we living our best life in the modern day? Was life in earlier times easier? How can we manage the overstimulation of our multitasking and be alive in each precious moment of the present? The play  through May 7 with performances Thursday at 7pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm, and Sunday at 2pm. Tickets are $31 for adults and $26 for seniors. This play contains adult themes and language and it not intended for those under 16. More information and online ticketing can be found at www.luckypennynapa.com or by calling 707-266-6305.  It closes  MAY 7TH

 

ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST to -May 7, 2017   Los Altos Stage Company Bus Barn TheaterCharming rogue R.P. McMurphy contrives to serve a short sentence in an airy mental institution rather than in prison. Unfortunately, his plan goes awry as he clashes with the head nurse, a domineering woman who has the patients and staff of the institution completely under her control. A battle of wills ensues in this captivating play based on Ken Kesey’s seminal novel about what happens when both absolute authority and the freewheeling human spirit refuse to back down.  Tickets: $18-$36 On the Web: http://www.losaltosstage.org Contact: Box Office: 650-941-0551 IT CLOSES MAY 7—————————————————————-

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Society Cabaret, San Francisco

at the Hotel Rex  562 Sutter Street   415-857-1896

 

Tickets available at Society Cabaret(No Fees, No Fuss) or by calling 415-857-1896.Buy your tickets early for best prices and seats.All seats assigned based on date of purchase Buy your tickets early for best prices and seats. All seats assigned based on date of purchase. • You may purchase a reserved seat for $15 prior to the show.   • You may purchase a reserved seat with a reserved singing slot for $25 prior to the show. • You may purchase a seat at the door for $20.

 

Society Cabaret San Jose at the Hotel De Anza in the Hedley Club Lounge 233 West Santa Clara StreetSan Jose, CA 95113 Tickets available at Society Cabaret (No Fees, No Fuss) or by calling  408-676-6471Buy your tickets early for best prices and seats. All seats assigned based on date of purchase.

 

 

 

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